Personal and combined strengths of the team
Uncover the team’s individual and combined strengths in the workplace.
- Lay out the Dialoogle Magnum cards on the floor.
- Ask all participants to choose an image that symbolises one of their most significant strengths: Something they find easy to do, something that gives them energy, or something they would like to do. Discuss what a possible strength might be while the team walks around and looks at the picture cards.
- Ask all participants to briefly explain their choice of card to the rest of the team. Questions or comments are not allowed during the presentations.
- When all participants have explained their choice of image, ask them to hold up their card in front of them, so that the others can ask questions or comment on them. As the moderator of the process, you may begin by enquiring about the more abstract presentations: “You are good at keeping a broad view of things. Can you elaborate on what that means?”, “You are good at keeping track of details. Try to give an example of a situation where that is an important quality.”, “You perform better under pressure. Can you give an example?” Continue asking similar questions.
- When everyone has had the opportunity to ask questions and comment, ask the participants to bring their chosen picture card and have the group move to a different location, e.g. another corner, room or go out into the courtyard. Ask the participants to put down their cards so you can all look at them as a whole: The combined strengths of the team.
- Ask about the combined strengths of the team, e.g. “Are there any surprises? How do these strengths compliment each other? Are there any strengths that we can make better use of than we are at the moment? Do some strengths clash with each other?”, etc.
- Conclude with questions like: “What should we do more? What should we do less? Should we change anything?” Continue asking similar questions.
It is a good idea to allow plenty of time for the exercise.
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